Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The End Is Come.

Ezek 7:1-9 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
2 And thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God to the land of Israel: The end is come, the end is come upon the four quarters of the land.
3 Now is an end come upon thee, and I will send my wrath upon thee, and I will judge thee according to thy ways: and I will set all thy abominations against thee.
4 And my eye shall not spare thee, and I will shew thee no pity: but I will lay thy ways upon thee, and thy abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and you shall know that I am the Lord.
5 Thus saith the Lord God: One affliction, behold an affliction is come.
6 An end is come, the end is come, it hath awaked against thee: behold it is come.
7 Destruction is come upon thee that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of slaughter is near, and not of the joy of mountains.
8 Now very shortly I will pour out my wrath upon thee, and I will accomplish my anger in thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and I will lay upon thee all thy crimes.
9 And my eye shall not spare, neither will I shew mercy: but I will lay thy ways upon thee, and thy abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and you shall know that I am the Lord that strike.

The signs are many these days, all pointing to a visitation of great tribulations upon the land. While the manifold nature of these are duly noted by a remnant of believers, the vast majority remain unaware of the impending judgment, for that it is, being leveled against this nation in particular and its unprecedented global empire. While those immersed in the follies of these passing days still walk proudly, blindly, and obliviously into this encroaching darkness there are those who tremble in fear at the approach of the great reckoning which is being at once foreshadowed and accomplished in these many auspicious and unmistakable events that like darkening clouds crowd upon the horizon of the future with an urgent immediacy, an ominously lowering sky presaging a great storm about to break upon us. "Behold an affliction is  come" 

And so even amongst the many who go about their daily business untroubled by the signal convulsions of nature and the violent upheavals of nations which abound throughout the earth, there is a great and undeniable disquiet felt which troubles the soul and invades even the deeply ingrained complacency which only slowly yields, like one awakening from the comfort of deep slumber, to a realization of great crisis and greater uncertainty.


Outside my window, a stiff north wind is presently stripping the remaining leaves from the trees which have long basked in the extended warmth of a long and lingering Indian summer. The leaves fly brightly and aimlessly through the crisp autumn air, gayly flying in chaotic and abandoned extravagance across the rooftops or scuttering against the earth in whirls of wild exuberance where they finally gather together in eddies and piles of collegial respite against the harrowing wind. 

Little evidence is given here in this timeless and peaceful autumnal scene, save in memory and reflection, of the great cataclysm which most recently engulfed the peoples and country of Northern Colorado or the raging fires which devastated the counties to the South. Indeed, all across the nation; from Oregon east through Idaho, down the West Coast through Yosemite, across Texas and throughout the Midwest, the unruly and devastating powers of great nature, through endless drought and incendiary forest conflagrations, in roiling floods on the front range and across the plains, and frightful barreling tornadoes and hail storms, and finally in a most cruel Dakota snow blizzard killing 30,000 head of cattle, the nation was yet again lashed remorselessly and relentlessly by the elements of a natural world which seems to have abandoned all balance and proportion.

Ezek 13 Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Lo, I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in my indignation, and there shall be an overflowing shower in my anger: and great hailstones in my wrath to consume.

Overshadowing even these dire eventuations by several orders of magnitude are the apocalyptic disasters at the Japanese Fukushima Daiici Nuclear Plant and the BP Macondo oil rig blowout off the coast of Louisiana. After years of toxic contamination and failed remediation efforts, the consensus is that the still unfathomable and ongoing effects of these respective catastrophes, the origins of which remain shrouded in mystery, are irreversible in nature, already fatally impacting the lives of countless present and future generations with unprecedented radioactive and petrochemical toxicity.

I traipse out to the garden where I tend my little plot as I have for the past 25 years. The little green shoots of spinach poke up out of the black earth loam under the skylight cold frame where I carefully positioned the seeds some weeks ago to fledge into luxuriant green leaves come next March. The garlic cloves rest in their deep bed heavily blanketed with straw and goat manure. 

Down south the same thing is happening in a hillside garden high up in the hard scrabble foothills which ascend to the spine of the Sangre de Cristo mountains whence I have recently returned to the city after several months of work on the ranch. This past summer I witnessed the hellacious fires ravaging the Huajatolla, the smoke billowing high against the empyrean, an ominous portent of doom threatening to jump the intervening canyons and descend upon us. Alone, I contemplated the possibility of loading up the herd of goats and sheep, all the dogs and fleeing east. Thankfully and most gratefully spared this as the fire, fanned by strong winds from the southwest, pushed the conflagration to the east and north, I still had the opportunity only days later to witness yet another fire blow up on Fisher's Peak to the east on the Mad French Ranch which smoldered through the warm summer nights in red flames in the far distant darkness like the fires of Mordor. 

 Months of years of extended absence from the city living off gird have sharpened and conditioned my responses to the urban environment in both my continual departures from its confines and my eventual returns. What I've always perceived as a challenging nerve wracking and even hostile environment have given way to a deepening and even more painful alienation at the aspect of the modern urban American post industrial industrial society that carries within itself the inevitable seeds of its own destruction now rapidly incubating into the specters of chaos, anarchy, and violent social disorder presently being witnessed across the nation's urban centers. 


The various media distractions, amusements, diversions and above all rabid consumption which are the object and end product, the "reward" of the highly regimented and systematic program of generally distasteful employment offer only a temporary escape from these empty drudgeries to which a demoralized populace returns with consistent and monotonous frequency. No wonder then that this drone like and repetitive existence inspires not only loathing but also a not so subtle dependence on the status quo and its accompanying enervating apathy and indifference.

 Correspondingly, this ingrained anomie contributes to an inability to respond to and even a distinct aversion to understanding the critical dimension of the developing and unprecedented socio-economic and global environmental crises as they morph into a full blown and all encompassing intercontinental catastrophe accompanied by the transformation of this nation into a militarized police state intent on controlling, interdicting and eventually interning and eliminating segments of its own citizenry. For just as the natural elements themselves are in turmoil, perhaps at the instigation of human technologies, so the apparent order in the body politic is thrown off giving way to parallel and similar if not more devious disruptions and dislocations as the institutions which form the superstructure of the civilized world succumb to the inevitable corruption and subversion of the natural law.

On the other hand, the extremity of off grid living along with its accompanying remoteness and isolation and all of the attendant responsibilities which the average urban dweller can little imagine, much less desire or attain, calls forth a natural initiative, energy, and test of personal mettle which radically departs from the structured grid of "civilized" existence and its accompanying complacency and dependency. The virtues of self reliance, ingenuity, and enterprise which once inspired the settling of the country are taken for granted in a demanding environment which continually challenges one's physical stamina and ability to adapt and cooperate with the forces of nature to secure the needs of a community where the struggle for mutual survival becomes a binding force of collective identity.

It has become evident to many discerning individuals and more so with each passing day that the underlying economic, political, and social structures upon which the majority of the populace depend are rapidly disintegrating. Indeed, strident alarms continue to be raised across a broad spectrum of social, political, and economic forums as to an impending economic collapse and accompanying social disorder which will radically and irreversibly alter the standards of living to which most Americans have been long accustomed. The evidence of just such an outcome continues to mount despite the efforts of government agencies and financial establishment institutions to delude* the public as to the dire realities of such a collapse through statistical manipulation and outright propaganda. Indeed, the multifarious and obvious stratagems being put into place by the government and financial elite are the best evidence of the complete social and economic breakdown for which they are preparing themselves.
* A delusion is a belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary.[2] It is also a form of avoidance behavior. Avoidance behaviors, in the context of social anxiety disorder (SAD), are things that people do, or don’t do, to reduce anxiety about being in social situations. Avoidance behaviors can take the form of “true avoidance.” True avoidance behaviors involve the complete avoidance of the feared social situation.(thanks to Prince Ray for this most concise definition)

It should come as no surprise then that these elitists have long been engaging in strategic relocations out of the urban centers and at the very least, inhabiting gated communities complete with helicopter pads and employing private security forces. The evidence of vast underground cities such as Mount Weather just outside of Washington D.C. connected by subterranean highways and being fully stocked by semi trailer trucks full of the requisite necessities
for survival during extended periods have become common knowledge. Is it no wonder then that ordinary folk have undertaken similar exigencies to the extent of their capacities to escape the coming chaos of modern urban centers which can and most probably will be transformed into painful scenes of primal human survival in its most basic and extreme aspects. The incredibly vast levels of hundreds of thousands of armaments and billions of rounds of ammunition being acquired by a panoply of government agencies, along with a heavily armed populace alone guarantees an incredibly sanguinary outcome. 


As the levels of expatriation and renunciation of American citizenship reach record levels and as growing numbers of citizens seek to escape the burgeoning police and surveillance state equipped with a now infamous technologically advanced state of the art "full spectrum dominance", the best alternative for equally growing numbers of those of more limited means seeking to preserve their basic rights and indeed their very lives is an escape from the potential urban kill zones and relocation to smaller rural communities and possibly to even more remote locations far from the combat zones and civil devastation due to be unleashed in the once great cities of America. 

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